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Wulf / October 31, 2005 3:06 PM

Smarties. But I would like to receive some old style Pretzel Stix for Halloween.

Spence / October 31, 2005 3:07 PM

tootsie pops
flavored tootsie rolls
anything gummy

jen / October 31, 2005 3:12 PM

i don't care what anyone says, i LOVE candy corn.
but not the "autumn mix" brown candy corn. and the pumpkins are just ok.

Eamon / October 31, 2005 3:14 PM

Hell yeah, jen! I got no time for haters!

Emerson Dameron / October 31, 2005 3:16 PM

I was once a card-carrying member of the Marshmallow Peeps Fan Club.

slb / October 31, 2005 3:22 PM

pop rocks, zots, smarties, and tiny special dark bars.

Brenda / October 31, 2005 3:23 PM

Definitely candy corn, even though I couldn't find a bag this season to save my life. And I'm with Jen... traditional version only. The brown version is kind of nasty. I actually like the pumpkin thingies, but they're also hard to find.

anne / October 31, 2005 3:32 PM

Emerson, I'm still a card-carrying member of the Marshmallow Peeps Fan Club.

I like the "snack-sizes" that come out for halloween, especially of boxes of Nerds and those great LifeSaver lollipops.

Also, it's the only time I think about buying caramels. yum!

red / October 31, 2005 3:35 PM

I don't care what anyone says, I LOVE the black and orange wrapped peanut butter chews!

Perch / October 31, 2005 3:36 PM

Bottle Caps!

Mo / October 31, 2005 3:52 PM

Candy corn for me, too! What's weird, though, is that I HATE the pumpkins, which doesn't make sense because they are made of exactly the same waxy substance with the same exact flavor. maybe it's a psychological thing. It's too much all at once. Plus, you can't give yourself fake pumpkin teeth like with the corn.

emily / October 31, 2005 3:54 PM

caramel apple pops! i discovered them last year, and ended up putting two in my pocket for every one trick or treater i gave one to.

i got a whole bag for myself this year.

JosephFinn / October 31, 2005 3:59 PM

Candy corn, but even more so Reese Peanut Butter Cups. Mmmmm....

Ann VanMoxie / October 31, 2005 4:10 PM

I'm so down with the candy corn and the candy pumpkins and the peanut butter chew things with the orange and black wax paper wrappers.

This is precisely the reason I'm getting Almond Joy and Mounds for the little ones who may show up at my doorstep tonight. It's my secret for not eating any candy - get stuff that makes me gag.

Thurston / October 31, 2005 4:35 PM

The one with the razor blades and arsenic in it.

Moon / October 31, 2005 4:51 PM

Stay away from candy!!!

And get off my lawn!!!

/damn kids.

steven / October 31, 2005 5:05 PM

smarties & kit kats. slave to the kit kats. will do all for kit kats.

mmmmm candy

eep / October 31, 2005 5:11 PM

Another vote for candy corn and Smarties. Smarties are the quintessential Halloween candy, in my opinion. And I bought two bags of candy corn yesterday; one for now, and one for April when I get a craving.

Andrew / October 31, 2005 5:22 PM

Brenda: If you're willing to make the trek, the Tower on Howard in Lincolnwood had candy corn.

Smarties are great, and I miss those wax lips, especially the ones with the white fangs sticking out -- it's like you're a vampire Rolling Stone!

Cinnamon / October 31, 2005 5:38 PM

Brenda, I think Andrew meant Target. But we have a bunch so I think I'll snag some for you, cause they make me wretch! Urk.

Reese's peanut butter cups are okay, but I think I'm getting old. Just opening the bags of candy made me wince cause of the smell of all that sugar.

But cupcakes with eyeballs painted on them are 'da bomb!

MikeH / October 31, 2005 7:39 PM

GOOD: smarties, gummi bears, blow pops, Hershey bars w/ almonds, kit kats, zotz, pop rocks, gobstoppers, sprees

BAD: candy corn, black and orange wrapped butter chew things, pennies, apples w/ razor blades, orange circus peanuts (what the F#*$ are those things made of anyway?!)

FlowFeel / October 31, 2005 7:56 PM

We made some green slime - aka Jello shots w/Tequilia that was absolutly the tonic! If you saw us stubbling around Uk-Vil around 3, i hope you didnt laugh too hard!

Maureen / October 31, 2005 8:24 PM

Not really a candy, but taffy apples win hands down!

K. / October 31, 2005 10:54 PM

Black licorice jelly beans.

And Dots.

Erica / November 1, 2005 8:45 AM

Butterfinger and Crunch bars.

Shermann / November 1, 2005 8:51 AM

Lick 'm stix, the stick was my favorite.

Rootbeer Barrels, they remind me of my grandma.

Zots, back in the day they really packed a punch.

Hambone Deluxo / November 1, 2005 8:54 AM

The 1999 Nissan Altima

Paula / November 1, 2005 9:10 AM

A new favorite this year - I bought Take 5 minis - a combo of pretzel, caramel, peanuts and peanut butter all covered in milk chocolate. Odd how those didn't make it into the dispersal bowl for the kids and I now have two bags left for ME! All for ME!. And it's certainly not a candy, but my all-time favorite Halloween treat is roasted pumpkin seeds.

kate / November 1, 2005 9:13 AM

Any chocolate candy bar really. I can't think of one I don't like.

However, I don't really see what's so "fun" about the "fun size" candy bars. Who's idea was it that making it smaller makes it more fun? A 4 foot long Snickers bar sounds a lot more fun to me.

Pete / November 1, 2005 9:43 AM

Milk Duds--something I can't imagine eating any time other than the first few days after Halloween. (Love those little boxes which contain three Duds each!) Unfortunately, my daughter is getting old enough that soon she'll no longer believe me when I say "Oh, those are too hard for you to eat. Can I have them?"

p / November 1, 2005 10:09 AM

kiwana's peanut bags.

p / November 1, 2005 10:10 AM

and mini-krackles.

redliner / November 1, 2005 10:42 AM

100 Grand Bars. Mmm.

winediva / November 1, 2005 10:43 AM

I'm all about the mini candy bars and single pack Reeses Peanutbutter Cups.

However, I love the SNL episode where the coneheads hand out canned beer to trick or treaters. That would be awesome.

Hambone - oddly enough, I still drive a 99 Nissan Altima, but I didn't know you could get one by merely knocking on doors and asking!! Crap! I paid for mine!

miss / November 1, 2005 11:08 AM

anything with sugar.

if someone handed out nerds ropes for halloween, i think they would be considered a god.

sarah / November 1, 2005 12:34 PM

i forgot it was halloween yesterday. however, if i had remembered, i would have scanned the sidewalk for those little snickers turds as i walked home. i can't believe i'm the first person to love snickers the most.

witchypoo / November 1, 2005 12:41 PM

how can you forget that it's halloween?

my fave candy this year: the butterfinger crisp.. like a kitkat and a butterfinger all rolled into one delicious mouthful.

my least fave: the gummy eyeball. yuck.

I immediately confiscated all of the butterfingers and tossed all of the gummy eyeballs from my kids hordes.

Roni / November 1, 2005 1:49 PM

individually wrapped twizzlers

andy / November 1, 2005 3:07 PM

Snickers bars with razor blades.

Leelah / November 1, 2005 3:19 PM

Circus peanuts!
I'm kidding of course, but I do have a friend who shall remain nameless who actually likes them.

I have a stash of milk duds in my desk at work,,,,

jen / November 1, 2005 3:22 PM

re my love of candy corn - did anyone know jones soda co. was making candy corn soda this halloween?!?!? apparently so, as my roommate's sister mailed him two wee cans. i guess it was only available at target?

Leah W / November 1, 2005 3:24 PM

The bag I eat every Halloween when I remember nobody trick or treats in apartments in Boystown. Yeah, that's always tasty.

E / November 1, 2005 3:52 PM

stale popcorn balls!!!

Eamon / November 1, 2005 6:08 PM

Speaking of trick or treating, we gave away twenty-two bags of candy in three hours. That's got to be some kind of record.

Michelle / November 1, 2005 8:37 PM

All free candy is good candy.

Joanna / September 11, 2007 9:22 AM

Popcorn balls of course, and full size candy bars and in our town some people hand out cans of soda pop, the kids really like those, but they tend to weigh down their treat buckets, oh and a big hit is individual small bags of potato chips, make it a variety and let the child make his or her own choice. Happy Halloween in 2007!

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